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AGP-Europe enters Power Purchase Agreement with Sunnic Lighthouse

Ardagh Glass Packaging-Europe (AGP-Europe), an operating business of Ardagh Group, announced that it has entered a renewable electricity Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Sunnic Lighthouse and parent company, ENERPARC, in Germany.

The PPA secures a longer-term solar energy supply allocation to AGP-Europe’s NextGen Furnace in Obernkirchen, Germany. Switching from 90 percent gas and 10 percent electricity towards 80 percent renewable electricity and 20 percent gas in the furnace is one of the key enablers of producing low-carbon glass packaging.

The PPA will also secure a solar energy supply allocation to Ardagh Metal Packaging (AMP) facilities in Germany, which makes this the first of its kind to supply renewable energy to both AGP and AMP.

Jan Knievel, Head of Origination at Sunnic Lighthouse GmbH, said, “Together with Ardagh and our parent company ENERPARC AG, we have structured this long-term PPA in which we have fixed an annual volume of around 130 gigawatt hours. We will start with the delivery from existing ENERPARC plants throughout Germany. At the same time, ENERPARC is developing a solar park near the Ardagh facility, to cover their electricity needs on-site.”

Martin Petersson, CEO of AGP-Europe said, “Securing long-term renewable electricity for our NextGen Furnace is key to decarbonising glass production. This PPA will also take AGP-Europe another step closer to meeting our goal of transitioning to 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030.”

David Spratt, CEO of AMP-Europe, added, “The signing of this agreement shows AMP’s firm commitment to Ardagh’s decarbonisation strategy and achieves a new milestone in the Group’s goal to reduce scope 1 and 2 CO2 emissions by 42 percent by 2030, from a 2020 baseline.”

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